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Top YouTube videos of 2011

YouTube released its official list of top videos of 2011. The viral video website reports there were more than 1 trillion playbacks in 2011. Impressive.

See the full list below, broken down by category, to see who made the list. (Note, the links below open in a new window.)

Most-viewed YouTube videos globally (excluding videos from major music labels) (playlist)

1. Rebecca Black...

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'Mass Effect 3' multiplayer preview

Gameplay from the multiplayer mode of "Mass Effect

(Credit: EA)

Online team survival modes are really picking up as of late. Games like “Left 4 Dead” and “Call of Duty's” multiplayer modes saw me logging on the most time than any of the other game modes. I guess it's easier to play online against bots instead of other players simply  because you don't see yourself shouting "he's glitching" or "she's moding" with frustration at...

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'The Darkness II' demo impresses with gory fun

The Darkness 2 screenshot.

(Credit: 2k Games)

The Darkness is back. In part deux of the franchise, Jackie Estacado is still fighting against “The Darkness," a supernatural force that possessed him.  It's given him great power, but it also brought with it chaos and destruction.

Based on the supernatural horror comic book created by Top Cow Productions, The Darkness II is a first-person shooter combined with elements of action...

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Comic Con: Amazing Spider-Man video game trailer premieres

Poster image from the Spiderman movie rebook due

(Credit: Marvel Comics)

Not to be confused with the recent video game releases, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions or Spider-Man: Edge of Time, New York City's favorite web slinger has another upcoming video game due out next summer alongside the Hollywood reboot of an all-new Spider-Man movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man is being made by Beenox, the same studio behind the two most recent Spider-Man games. Gerard Lehinay,...

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New York Comic Con showcases geek culture

A convention attendee stands next to Ork from

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First, the good news – Comic Con is in town this weekend at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Awesome. Now the bad news – unless you already have tickets, you probably won’t be able to get in. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are completely sold out.

But you do have a glimmer of hope to get into the geekfest. Tickets for today are still available for $45.

Whether you...

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Watch live video from Comic-Con in San Diego

Costumed characters walk to preview night on Wednesday

(Credit: AP, 2011)

Comic-Con 2011 kicked off Wednesday night at the San Diego Convention Center, and today promises to be full of even more exciting events, panels and reveals.

We're particularly looking forward to learning about the future of the Halo franchise along with news of Capcom's upcoming games, like Asura's Wrath and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

This weekend is sure to be packed with...

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 video game

A scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly

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"Harry Potter" fans can now finish Harry’s story on their own terms with this movie game. Deathly Hallows Part 2 faithfully follows the actual scenes from the movie, which was surprising considering most movie games veer off topic quicker than a faulty broomstick. The cut scenes and even a lot of the dialogue came from the movie itself, which really made me feel like I was experiencing...

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Facebook adds video chat with Skype technology

Barb and Bruce Vasbinder visit with their granddaughter,

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Video chat on Facebook is the “awesome” new product launch Mark Zuckerberg alluded to  earlier this week.

At a Facebook's news conference Wednesday, Zuckerberg and Neil Stevens of Skype officially announced that Facebook users will soon be able to experience seamless and free face-to-face video calling with Facebook buddies. Best of all, Skype video will be integrated directly...

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Review: L.A. Noire is stylistic 1940's crime thriller

L.A Noire gameplay.

(Credit: Rockstar)

With the recent release of L.A. Noire, gamers finally have the opportunity to investigate crime scenes, interrogate suspects, and chase down perps. As rookie detective Cole Phelps, players will scour the streets of 1940’s Los Angeles in search of murderers, arsonists, and robbers.

L.A. Noire is unique from other games in the realism of the character’s facial expressions. Players...

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Blockbuster game over? Redbox kiosks expand to video game rentals

Redbox, a company that specializes in the rental

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Redbox, the DVD and Blu-Ray rental company that stuck those conspicuous big red vending machines into many of our supermarkets, announced it’s getting into video game rentals.

The company said each of their kiosk’s will carry anywhere from 22 to 28 of the most recent console games from the PS3, Wii, and the Xbox 360. Each game will cost $2 per day -- higher than the $1.50 daily...

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